Dr. Sophie Webber performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings in the USA and UK. An enthusiast of traditional and new music, from classical to folk to electronic, she is drawn to new ways of presenting music. Her involvement with mixed media performances and passion for human rights causes led her to form the Chicago-based new music group, Fused Muse Ensemble (FME), an Illnois 501c3 organization that specializes in the performance of music with mixed media, in particular theater, dance and film. FME's mission is to raise awareness of local and global concerns through these performances, in which every work is shaped and guided by a story or perspective of an individual who is effected by the concern being explored.
Former graduate student of Janos Starker and Tsuyshi Tsutsumi at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sophie has taught cello for Southeast Missouri State University, Jacobs School of Music Summer Clinic, Oxford Cello School, Trinity College of Music Junior Department, Lake Forest College and the Music Institute of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies with Richard Markson at Trinity College of Music, where she was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli memorial prize for cello. She has been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her playing.
Sophie is also a keen music theorist, and held a position as Music Theory Instructor at Indiana University for four years and has taught university level courses in Early Music History and World Music at Lake Forest College.
Currently, Sophie resides in San Diego, where she runs a private teaching studio, "Dr. Sophie Cello Lab." In 2017, she plans to develop a Fused Muse Ensemble sister chapter in San Diego, as well as to record the six Bach Suites for Solo Cello.
"Ecclesiastic singing compellingly countered Sophie Webber's aching, pungent solo cello."
-Bloomington Herald Times